Maybe in Another Life – Review

Do you know what direction your life is going? Do you feel as if you have a choice?

Coincidentally, many of the books I’ve been picking up lately have featured a heroine in her late twenties still trying to get her life together. Is God trying to tell me something? Despite feeling this way myself sometimes, I happen to, in fact, feel as if I am where I am supposed to be in life at this very moment. What if I had another choice though? What if one small decision I made allowed my life to veer in a completely different direction than I expected.

Taylor Jenkins Reid allows her readers to explore this possibility with Maybe in Another Life. The main character, Hannah, has spent her twenties adrift, working meaningless jobs in different cities, and moving to new places when the mood strikes. Feeling as if she should begin settling down, Hannah decides to try her luck in her hometown of Los Angeles by moving into the guest room of her best friend, Gabby. When Hannah and Gabby spend a night on the town, Hannah’s life comes down to one moment: Staying at the bar with her ex-boyfriend Ethan, or heading back home with Gabby.

“Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don’t matter, that I’ll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master of teaching important lessons while creating absolutely captivating stories about life, love, and tough decisions. After reading One True Loves earlier this year, I have been on a mission to catch up on all of Reid’s novels I have missed out on. In a short time, she has become one of my favorite authors because of her impressive storytelling and page-turning romances.

“It doesn’t matter if we don’t mean to do the things we do. It doesn’t mean if it was an accident or a mistake. It doesn’t even matter if we think this is all up to fate. Because regardless of our destiny, we still have to answer for our actions. We make choices, big and small, every day of our lives, and those choices have consequences.”

In concurrent story-lines, readers are able to experience how one, seemingly simple decision could spur the future into hosting completely different realities. Maybe in Another Life reminded me of the Choose your own Adventure stories I loved as a child. Fortunately, this story allowed for the best of both worlds because I didn’t have to choose the ending I thought would be best. Instead, I got to have two for the price of one. I’m thankful for this unexpected direction in the story, for without it, I would have been completely torn in how I would have wanted the novel to play out. This happened to be one of the most unique stories I have ever read, which made it all the more enjoyable. These days with all of the books I have under my belt, it’s difficult to find a story that I have never read before, and Maybe in Another Life definitely fit the bill.

I can’t wait to read and review more of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels in the future. I highly doubt there will be one that I don’t love. If you’ve yet to check out this title, don’t wait any longer!

Purchase on Amazon!


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